In this latest episode, CIPE's Anti-Corruption & Governance Center features Hasna Munas, an analyst for Verité Research, Sri Lanka’s leading independent think tank. She tells an insider's story of the development of Sri Lanka’s first-ever Right To Information (RTI) law five years ago. Since then, the law has become known as one of the best RTI laws in Asia and the basis for Verité Research's groundbreaking new website, BudgetPromises.org, a one-stop shop for citizens, visitors, and businesses to hold Sri Lanka’s government accountable for how it spends money through an easily understandable visual format. The podcast is hosted by CIPE Asia Regional Director John Morrell and Communications Director Ken Jaques.
The unprecedented disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit compliance with environmental laws and regulations hard. In this episode, Shahrzad Majdameli, an attorney with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), joins Communications Director Ken Jaques and Anti-Corruption Program Officer Michele Crymes for a discussion about how the global health emergency has had a domino effect on environmental monitoring, dangerous material disposal, permits and licensing, due diligence, and commercial fraud.